Genesis 1:1

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Genesis 1:1

I’m preaching from Genesis 1 tomorrow. Consider that first sentence of the Bible, so familiar and tame to us that we zoom right past it in our Bible reading plan. It was absolutely revolutionary at the time it was being written, as Israel walks out of one land of false gods (Egypt), into another (Canaan). Here’s a description of the kind of worldview Genesis 1:1 would totally, violently, joyfully demolish:

“Nothing is clearer than the fact that primitive man, whether in New Guinea today or eons ago in the prehistoric wilderness, is not and never has been a creature who people the his world with bright fancies and lovely visions. Horrors lurked in the primeval forest, not nymphs and naiads. Terror lived there, with its close attendant, Magic, and its most common defense, Human Sacrifice. Mankind’s chief hope of escaping the wrath of whatever divinities were then abroad lay in some magical rite, senseless but powerful, or in some offering made at the cost of pain and grief.” (Edith Hamilton, Mythology, 4)


About Eric Smith

Sinner saved by the grace of Jesus, husband of Candace, father of Coleman and Crockett, West Tennessean, pastor of Sharon Baptist Church, student at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
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